Timor Telecom (TT) has won the tender for Timor-Leste National Connectivity Project (NCP), a more than 1,5 million dollar business, which will connect public services in the several districts of the country to the Internet, so has announced the company today.
TT, a company participated by Portugal Telecom, has submitted a bid of USD 1,699,000 (around EUR 1,243,570), which was the lowest of the second phase of the NCPII competition and the best tender as for technical solutions.
The conforming agreement was signed by TT’s CEO Luís Capitão Amaro and the Minister of Infrastructure, Pedro Lay, on the 16th of the current month. According to the company, the service should be operating in January 2011.
NCP first project competition (the National Connectivity Project), which TT, competing with DataBridge and Telkom Indonesia, had also made a bid for, had been won by the Indonesian telecommunication company.
In order to widen Internet coverage in the districts and improve the system, Timorese Government launched a new NCP, planned in two phases, both won by Timor Telecom.
As a result of the new competition, which aims at the creation of a convergent data, voice and video network for the Government, in all district capitals, Timor Telecom is now responsible for ensuring Internet access and connectivity, taking it over from Telkom Indonesia.
TT’s proposal is not only to replace the service in the districts included in NCPI but also to extend the network to Lautem (Los Palos), Viqueque, Manatuto, Aileu, Same, Ainaro and Suai districts, as well as to offer new internet and intranet services.
With NCP, Timor-Leste Government aims at a special network which links all Government institutions, departments and schools, throughout the whole country.
The implementation of NCPII comprises procurement and installation of hardware and software, national Internet backbone connectivity (NIBC), district-level distribution networks (DLDN) and service-level agreement (SLA).